Top-ranked Ko eyes $1.5mn prize at LPGA finale
World number one Ko Jin-young is hoping a nagging ankle injury will not prevent her from finishing her historic season on a high note at the LPGA Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, this week.
"Still worried a little bit," admitted the South Korean star, who pulled out of the third round of the Taiwan Swinging Skirts tournament three weeks ago after hurting her left ankle late in the first round.
Since then, Ko said she has focused on recovery, and she will be hoping for a fitting end to a season in which her four wins include two major titles at the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship.
She has already clinched Player of the Year honors, and her 12 top-10 finishes are the most for the season.
The 24-year-old can also lock up the Vare Trophy for low scoring average at this week's tournament at Tiburon Golf Club, where a $1.5 million winner's prize -- the richest ever in women's golf -- is on offer.
Ko, whose season included a remarkable stretch of 114 holes without a bogey -- a streak that bettered Tiger Woods' record of 110 -- has sharpened her short game this season and shaved almost one stroke off her scoring average.